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March 30, 2012 - Surgeon-In-Chief at University Hospitals Case Medical Center to Present Frazer/Leigh Memorial Lecture

Dr. Jeffrey L. Ponsky, Oliver H. Payne Professor and chair of the surgery department at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and surgeon-in-chief at University Hospitals Case Medical Center in Cleveland, Ohio, will present two CME accredited lectures in April.

Both talks are open to all medical professionals and are made possible through the Dr. Emmett B. Frazer and Dr. Milton M. Leigh Endowments at the University of South Alabama department of surgery.

Dr. Ponsky will present the first lecture, “Natural Orifice Transluminal Endoscopic Surgery,” on April 19, 2012. There will be a reception starting at 6:30 p.m. followed by the lecture at 7:30 p.m. at the USA Faculty Clubhouse on USA’s main campus.

His second lecture, titled “The Evolution of Surgical Endoscopy: Its Impact on Surgical Training,” will take place April 20, 2012, at 7 a.m. at the conference room located on the second floor of the USA Medical Center at 2451 Fillingim St.

Throughout his career, Dr. Ponsky has received numerous awards including the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy's Rudolf Schindler Award, the highest recognition award for excellence in endoscopic research, teaching and service. He is the originator of the percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy, which provided a minimally invasive substitute for operative placement of feeding tubes.

Dr. Ponsky is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and a member of numerous surgical societies. He has published more than 200 original articles and book chapters, authored or edited five textbooks and serves on the editorial board of eight journals.

This annual memorial lecture, funded by community surgeons and the USA Department of Surgery, is given to honor the legacy of Dr. Emmett B. Frazer and Dr. Milton M. Leigh as leaders in clinical service and graduate surgical education in the Mobile community.

For more information on both lectures, contact the department of surgery at (251) 471-7993.

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